Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary
Sometimes called 'slow turn grip', Open grip
, is the formal Hold
used for a Turn by the right
or By the left
in both Strathspeys
and Quick tempo
dances provided ample Time
As the Scottish Country Dancers approach, the hands should first be Gripped as for shaking hands and raised to shoulder height; then, the dancers proceed round each other at arm's length, making their paths longer and so using up the prescribed music more elegantly.
It is particularly appropriate when less than a full Turn is prescribed.
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